HC Deb 22 November 1928 vol 222 cc1918-9

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, in view of the increasing disfigurement by industrial enterprises of districts of natural beauty and holiday resort, such as parts of North Wales and the Lake District, he will consider introducing legislation to schedule such areas as national parks, as is done in some other countries?


The hon. Member's suggestion has been noted for consideration.

75. Sir R. THOMAS

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that considerable disfigurement of the natural beauties of North Wales has been caused by the erection of overhead transmission standards for electrical power; that at least one municipality is protesting; and whether he will take action in this matter?

The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Colonel Ashley)

The hon. Member does not state the precise locality he has in mind, but it is the case that some applications for consent to the erection of overhead lines in North Wales are now before me to which the local authorities concerned have not given their approval. In any such case the local authorities would be given an opportunity of being heard, and my consent would not be given except after careful consideration of their representations and of all the circumstances of the particular case.


Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that considerable discussion has taken place over the disfigurement of the Llanberis Pass?

Colonel ASHLEY

Yes, but it must not be assumed that I agree that it is a disfigurement.